Police Commissioner Trevor Paul is expected to appoint an
independent investigator to look into the beating of Rabindranath
Choon, a pundits aide, allegedly by police, on Friday.
Sources said an investigation would be conducted into claims
that Choon was beaten, doused with kerosene and made to sing
Hindu songs by police assigned to the Oropouche station.
Choon, 47, in an interview from his hospital bed at San Fernando
General, yesterday, said he did not know the men who stopped
him as he made his way home from a prayer session, just after
midnight on Friday, were police officers.
He said they began beating him and he was doused with kerosene
and forced to sing Hindu songs as he lay in a cell in Oropouche
Choon sustained a fractured rib and injuries to the head.
Choon told the Guardian he was ridiculed by the police officers.
His wife, Mala, said the police refused to take her report
when she went to the station.
The family, she said, wanted to meet Commissioner Paul to
discuss the issue, as well as justice, and hoped that those
involved would be discliplined.
They also intend to lodge a report at the Police Complaints
When contacted yesterday, Oropouche police denied that the
incident took place.
On Saturday, some 200 of Choons neighbours and friends
pounded the streets, lighting fires and carrying placards
as they called for a full-scale investigation into the beating.
Old women paced the Ackbar Trace dirt road, condemning the
police action, saying it was sacrilegious.
Armed policemen kept watch on the crowd.
Residents have vowed to continue to protest this week.